Kiwi - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 168
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Pinknuggets on 12-16-2012

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Photo of codysjb
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two week old bottle picked up from the hunger mountain coop on 9/27/13, poured into my wicked weed pint.

A: nice orange yellow, 3 finger had that dissipates but keeps a small 1 cm head. Great lacing.

S: lemon, grapefruit and wheat.

T: good fruity hops become a nice hoppy and alcohol burn that goes down easy.

M: a little boozy but overall good. More like a pale.

O: good, but not all that hoppy. I would drink this if available but its comparable to some of the finer ipas available in Tallahassee and not worth the trip.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kyle and Phil for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a thin, .5 finger white frothy head with moderate retention. Beer is clear bright orange. Lacing is patchy and stringy with good stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is citrus hop bitterness with undertones of cane sugar, white grapes, and other tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic but enticing.

Opens grapefruit, citrus, some gingerbread, cane sugar, and hop bitterness. White grape skin towards the middle, citrus, and more of the pulp at the end. Some sappy hop bitterness and white grapes at the finish with a tropical fruit, light white grape flesh aftertaste. Different but very solid.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth and quenching and abrasive going down. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Really nice.

This beer showcases the Nelson Sauvignon hops nicely with a good balance between the fruit characteristics and the subtle hop profile. Overall, an interesting, off-the-path ipa that's solidly crafted. Worth trying.

Photo of dahlen22
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was at Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT enjoying a Heady Topper can when a worker told me to try this. As I love Sip of Sunshine, this was an easy sell. What I can recall about this beer is that it is very similar to the Sip of Sunshine in all areas, with a slight taste of kiwi in the flavor, but not a fake or overwhelming taste like Sculpin did with the Grapefruit Sculpin. The kiwi is subtle, and does not overwhelm the flavor. It is not released too often, so get some while you can as it is worth it. Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nice head on an orange body. Mostly clear and good lacing. Leggy as it swirls.

Smell - Grassy and herbal as most Lawson's IPAs tend to be. Much more grassy than others, even Jade. Grapefruit behind it and a slight grain.

Taste - Sweetness from the malt balances the grassy flavor very nicely. Enhances the citrus character. Interesting dichotomy to the hop flavors. Grassier in the finish and only slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Nice slick mouthfeel. Perfect amount of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - As always, a great IPA from Lawson's. Always an interesting hop profile. Never pure citrus or pine.

Photo of KYGunner
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the name fool you there is no kiwi in this, fruit or bird. The Kiwi is the New Zealand hops that punch you in the face with each sip. It is the first DIPA that I've ever had that I liked a bit warmer to help offset the strong and bold hop profile and settle it down. Not to say that this needs to settle down but it makes it easier to catch the hop variant flavors: pine, earth, onion, grapefruit, tangerines, sour lemon, tart oranges and even a bit of grass or tea.

This is truly interesting and exceptional.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper colour, not much clarity, with an off white finger of head that leaves only traces of lace. Dissipates to a grouping of soupy bubbles.

The aroma is somewhat resinous, with bits of tropical and herbal hop notes, and a predominant maltiness coming through.

BOOM! That is heavenly...zesty hop punch straight in the teeth, then some tropical fruits, herbal hops, some floral-ness, some resin, a stark, but not too lingering bitterness, and a clean malt profile just to even things out. Delish!

Has a light/medium body, good carbonation and overall pleasant palate presence.

Smells good, taste is epic, overall excellent.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright orange with a slight haze. 2 fingers of soapy off-white head leaves great retention and solid chunky lacing down the glass.

Very good aroma typical with other NZ hopped beers I've had. Lots of tropical fruit and pineapple with grapefruit hanging in the background. Also a bit more of a floral/soapy nose than I usually associate with these hops.

Lots of grapefruit bitterness up front on the palate. Lush juicy tropical fruit then grabs hold along with a slight caramel presence. Lots of mango and pineapple throughout. Finishes a bit floral with good lingering bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A little bit of a fuller body works well with the juicy tropical fruit profile.

Very enjoyable beer. Not on the level of Double Sunshine, but pretty close. Lots of complex flavors I'd recommend to any hophead.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite nicely into my CBS snifter. A thick two fingers of white head accentuates the top of the cloudy yellow-orange body.

Nose is fresh cut citrus and pine with a light sweetness.

What a mouthful! Pine and grapefruit up front with a distinct pine finish. Clean and light malt backbone, barely present. Almost an immaculate finish with no yeasty off flavors to distract from hopperfection.

Mouthfeel is clean and stripping. Tart and truly palate cleansing.

Overall, another stellar brew from Lawson's. In my memory, it's right up there with Double Sunshine. However, without a side-by-side tasting, I may never know.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color with some orange and golden yellow highlights along with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy off-white head that slowly reduces to medium sized medium thick patch of moderate sized bubbles, extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hops - tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, and just a slight hint of floral.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of caramel malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness but that is followed by the dominant flavors of hops. I get a moderate to significant amount of citrus/grapefruit, followed by moderate amounts of tropical/pineapple, and some light notes of floral and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish that slowly fade away.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable DIPA that any hophead would really enjoy - wonderful aromas of flavors from the hops without any aggressive or overwhelming bitterness. Overall the beer is pretty well balanced, easy to drink, and one I would gladly have again.

Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love me some Kiwi hops, and I know Lawson's will do it justice, so I've been dying to try this beer. Thanks Pemmet!

Pours into my Hill farmstead stepped tulip, a nice delicate fluffy and creamy looking 1/2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, super hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose was wafting out as soon as I popped the cap, great kiwi hops, little tropical almost, grassy and earthy mostly, with a touch of a lemony straw, and a bit of a musty aroma. Under that is a hint of a nice malty sweet aroma, hint almost grainy, fluffy, barely there but enough to support the hops it seems.

Taste starts again with the kiwi hops, nice grassy and a bit earthy, of the terroir, quite juicy with a nice citrus slightly tropical, and musty resinous like fresh wet hops, quite nice. Fluffy slightly sweet malt in the middle, with a hint of booze, and enough to give the beer a nice backbone, hint of caramel and toasty, and a nice carbonation to fill it. The hops get a bit grassy and a light lemony hay but not much, juicy fresh hops really take teh show. A decent bitterness throughout, not overly bitter but definitely lets you know it's there. Finish is drier, nice big bitterness ramps up a bit as it dries, plenty of lingering kiwi hops, light musty resin fresh hops, and a bit more citrus and tropical fruit juice.

Mouth is nice too, super fluffy carbonation and decent med bodied, slightest hint of booze so the beer has a big feel to it overall.

Overall very nice, as I was expecting. Showcases the kiwi hops very well, very tasty and drinkable, despite 8% it goes down very smooth, with nice malt base to prop up the hops, good bitterness enough to let you know it's a nice big IPA, but not overpowering. Well done!

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hot damn this is delicious. Lacking a bit in the aroma department. The taste is balanced hop, tropical, grapefruit bitterness. Very drinkable.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiwi double IPA pours a hazy amber color with a small, creamy head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple). Some bready malt notes are also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy and creamy on the palate. Moderate carbonation. The flavor is fairly well balanced between citrus hops and caramel malt. It begins with grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit. Like the aroma mango and pineapple are present. Towards the end sweet caramel malt and a touch of bread appears. It finishes dry and moderately bitter with grassy hop flavors. Once gone the grassy bitterness and grapefruit citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's more balanced than other DIPAs.

Photo of John_M
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Graciously shared by Rifugium the other day at Capone's (well, actully more like a month or so ago now). This was pretty similar to the regular the version of this beer (the double sunshine, I gather), but the Nelson hops gave the beer a slightly more pungent nose, and added a bit more depth to the flavor profile. Otherwise, absolutely excellent, as one would expect.

Photo of Schmuckles
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light copper color with decent head and minimal lacing. I love the aroma of this beer. It is in line with my favorite. The taste at first is not what I expected. It lacks at first but as it warms the flavor I like come shining through.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at three penny taproom

A: golden honey color that is translucent but cloudy with a puffy white head

S:fresh floral hops you can smell some malt and fruitiness in there too

T: lots of straight up hop flavor not juicy or fruity but just straight hops with a little bit of a weird barnyard after taste but not always there

M smooth oily and very drinkable goes down very easy no alcohol at all

O: really solid dipa from Lawson's I like it a lot but I think hopzilla and double sunshine beat this one out if you can get your hands on it wort a try

Photo of Ben_Damboise
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love everything Lawsons this was a great dipa!

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kyle. Thank you very much for the Lawson's trifecta Kyle!

Lightly hazed golden yellow with some stringy lace.

Resinous, earthy, and nutty. A bit brighter than the Jade that was consumed just prior.

Nelson hops serve as a nice introductory hop here. Where the Jade's green onions were the evening's mc in the Jade IPA, they play second fiddle here. Evergreen and pineapple bat lead off and move into the green onion finish of the Jade. Where the previous beer was a bit one dimensional, the combination of hops here plays well. The brighter Nelson hops really serve to soften the blow of the aggressive Jade and the hops really do transition rather abruptly. You can easily determine where the Nelson hops seem to come to a crashing halt and the Jade pick up the slack.

Creamy and medium bodied: a nice feel.

Overall, this was my favorite of the three Lawson's beers we had tonight. Thank you Kyle!

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching lawsons snifter. Big thanks to DonFrap for hooking me up with this. The brew pours an orange copper color with a tan finger. As the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of patchy lace. A swirl revives a finger back to the surface displaying solid retention.

The aroma is juicy with hops that are tropical and fruity. Almost a bit of orange marmalade character with a touch of that vinous nelson aspect before getting herbal and dank with a little fresh cut grassiness. Overall not the most bold bouquet but very solid and enjoyable nose.

The taste is herbal and bitter with a hint of dusty grain underneath. The hop flavoring has a bit of melon or mandrin appeal before getting pulpy and zesty with rinds and pithy bitterness. The fruity hop aspect lingers long into the finish with a kiss of solvent alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with a creeper alcohol inclusion. I would crush this stuff if it was made available to me in an easier fashion. Well done and worth seeking out.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Kiwi, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy golden copper with a luxorious soapy head that retains amazingly well. Abundance of lacing. Perfect looking brew.

Smell - Blast of Nelson hops and other NZ varieties that I'm not familiar with in isolation, love that unique aroma. The other hops are lending floral and spice. On the side are some slightly sweet caramel malts.

Taste - Snappy with a creamy malt intro but then a huge hop blast of resin, floral, spice, and citrus. THIS is how you showcase these NZ hops!

Mouthfeel - Rests hoppy bitter and slightly warm but not overly boozy. Moderately to heavily carbonated. Good drinkability.

Overall - So far this is the best example of Nelson I have had. Solid brew, proves once again that small batch is king! I thought I wasn't overly into Nelson hops until I had this beer, now I'm a believer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of jraras
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Montpelier Farmers' Mkt 48hrs ago 12/15/12. Poured into HF stemware drank at various temps btw 54-61F.

A: Slightly hazy, golden honey, light orange, one finger head - toothy white head. Beautiful looking beer. Nice lacing as I drink

S: Not as punchy on the nose as I expected but probably because it's been in the bottle a bit (no date) - week or two? I've drank Alpine Nelson's over a few weeks from bottling and this seems like similar nose muting. Draft prob sniffing more aggressively. Honeydew melon, white grapes, herbal (more Jade influence here?), light grapefruit rind, white wine, some sweet malt presence. Warmer it gets the more grapefruit I smell.

T: Sweet honeydew melon, citrus and awesomely balanced (not too much!) maltiness slowly segues into grapefruit and white wine, which artfully morphs into an earthly and herbal bitterness. Just when you think that's it another bite of grapefruit on the finish. Not drying though. Well done!

M: Slick and luscious yet clean--nice carb. Lawson nails the mouthfeel yet again, but with the addition of that signature Nelson effect that I have a hard time describing. The one I also get in Kiwi Rising and to some degree with Alpine Nelson (in the latter case I think the rye mutes this a little). Damn close to perfect in my book. A little alcohol on the tongue, but barely. So drinkable it's crazy. Which this wasn't my last bottle.

O: If I had this on draft or a week earlier it might be in my top tier. Or maybe it's my lack of familiarity with Jade. Either way theres just a little something keeping it from totally flooring me like Double Sunshine did. Which is to say this beer is better than 99.9% of beers ever made! If you can get it drink as much as you can.

Photo of lovindahops
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's just been a long week at work so I really think opening this bomber of Lawson's is worth it. I had this on tap at black backs pub in December but I never got the chance to review.

A- kiwi double ipa pours a gorgeous amber body with a hearty head of slighty darkened white foam that bursts all over my hill farmstead stem. Hazy and glowing with a strong amber color that reminds me of Vermont DIPA'S like Abner and such

S- Herbal, citric, and maybe garlic theme? A fruity fresh mango presence almost chimes in with some sweet caramel tones. Very lively with active scents as one would expect from Lawson's. There is no question that it makes my mouth slightly water

T- strong resin, onion, and darkened citric flavor that is unyielding with a flavor coating outlay. A burst of herbal and caramel flavor follows over as a "second coat" of hoppy Vermont flavor. I like it, as it's not the always expected citrus and spikey pineapple hop hit. A little more in the hop body if you will

M- coating hop flavor that finishes off the palate. The paint job is done!

O- what a change up for a VT DIPA! Massive hearty, deep resionious flavor impersonating a garlic, caramel, and fruity citric hop profile. I loved this and will seek out more going forward!

Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed "-tion" chalice.

The beer pours a really nice bright copper color, hues of gold, orange and straw, fairly clear complexion with a slight chill haze. A nice thick soapy, frothy head sits atop the beer that has great retention and leaves behind a great webbed network of lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of juicy tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, mango with some grapefruit mixed in as well, nice bright floral bouquet blends nicely with some resinous pine, a bit of spiciness from the Nelson Sauvin hop, and some nice sticky yet sweet malt character. The flavors are just as exciting, really bitter earthy hops lead quickly to the bright floral flavors and the really juicy tropical fruit flavors, fresh pineapple and mango are really delightful with some nice acidic citrus at the finish. A touch of malt and alcohol sweetness is present, but never detracts from the beer. The body is nice and full, medium carbonation, a bit of soapiness, everything you’d expect from a Double IPA.

Verdict: Rock solid IPA from Lawson’s, a notch below Double Sunshine, but this is really great in it’s own right. The flavors are really balanced, and I love the fresh juicy fruit qualities, a perfect treat for the holidays!

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a hazy, medium amber with a finger of head with nice lacing and retention.
Smells nice but not overly aromatic. Good hoppiness and stickiness present.
Taste is remarkable. Lots of hop flavor from hop varietals I am not used to tasting. Hard to find descriptors. Zingy and certainly elements of citrus zest on the front end with mellowness and then some bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is chewy and really nice.
Overall this beer is balanced and very well crafted. Distinct NZ hops are quite interesting to this taster used to pacific northwest varietals. Great beer.

Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour, nice and clear, super fluffy two finger Navajo white head, tons of chunky lacing in the glassware.

Aroma is hop forward, redolent of apples and grapes, malt hidden quite well.

Fruity and complex flavors that remind me again of fresh apples and white grapes, nice bitterness at the end. Seems there are a few stages to the flavors as it dances gracefully on the palate right through to the swallow.

Wonderful mouthfeel, slight touch of booziness in the throat, beautifully carbonated, masterful job. Very smooth drinking.

Another fabulous LFL double IPA that I have been waiting to try, and it did not disappoint.
Alpine Bad Boy remains my favorite IIPA that features New Zealand hops, but Kiwi is also a world class beer that is complex, and highly recommended.

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